The Exchange Stoke on Trent is based in the old Telephone Exchange building in Hanley – and is one of the most beautiful buildings our small city has to offer. This Grade 2 listed beauty is a stark and refreshing contrast to the hideous grey monstrosities which dominate the Hanley skyline.
A renaissance style, 4 story building, with some original features still in place, it’s a building which seems to go unnoticed, but once you do notice it you find yourself wrapped up looking at every detail you can find.
It was an utter shame when the former Fat Cat’s Bar unexpectedly closed its doors. But that didn’t stop a group of passionate locals re-opening it as ‘The Exchange’ a few months later – a name which we can all agree is much more fitting.
Launching a new Spring/Summer menu, I was recently invited down to The Exchange to give some of their new additions a whirl.
I’ve always been a fan of eating there anyway, so to be invited was just a good brucey bonus really.
A personal favourite is the Rock and Roll fries, which come drenched in bacon, cheese and cajun spices.
On this occasion though, we went for the Disco Fries to share, alongside our selection of small dishes. Which you can get 3 of for £15.
…Worth it when you look at the size of that serving of Nachos.
Disco Fries are bizarrely served with a fried egg on top, but that doesn’t detract from them much, as the beer cheese sauce that they are saturated in is more than drool worthy.
The Halloumi fries are some of the best I’ve tried. They actually have some bite to them and aren’t the weird gooey, bitty texture that they can sometimes be.
And can you go wrong with chicken? Never. The Exchange’s take on Peri Peri Chicken Tenders is like a super delicious version of a KFC mini fillet. But much more succulent and much fresher. I could have just eaten a massive bowl of these to be fair.
The new menu also consists of a range of classic burgers, alongside a few twists.
I mean, there’s not many places you can get a Staffordshire Oatcake on your burger is there?
Price wise, I must admit it could be a tiny bit cheaper. But you can soon justify the price when you remember that you’re supporting one of the only independent eateries in the area. It’s not far off the prices of all the chain places in The Hive, and I’d much rather support local business than give places like Nandos any of my time.
Check out the new menu online >> here.